|Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling - TED.com|
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; culture; happiness; science; society; 2011
|Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex - TED.com|
Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems -- and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; business; creativity; culture; society; 2011
|David Logan on tribal leadership - TED.com|
At TEDxUSC, David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form -- in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxUSC; TED; Talks; business; communication; culture; leadership; society; 2009
|David Brooks: The social animal - TED.com|
Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; brain; culture; society; 2011
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|Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar - TED.com|
On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; psychology; science; society; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Jonathan Haidt: How common threats can make common (political) ground - TED.com|
If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we'd all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way -- some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right -- and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; politics; society; TEDSalon NY2012; 2012
|Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code - TED.com|
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; economics; evil; psychology; science; self; society; TED2009; 2009
|Jared Diamond on why societies collapse - TED.com|
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; environment; global issues; history; social change; society; technology; TED2003; 2003
|Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration - TED.com|
In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; business; cognitive science; collaboration; culture; social change; society; technology; 2005
|Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge - TED.com|
Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; education; leadership; social change; society; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness? - TED.com|
Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; brain; comedy; culture; entertainment; evolution; humor; mental health; society; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|C.K. Williams' poetry of youth and age - TED.com|
Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2001; TED; Talks; arts; culture; entertainment; literature; poetry; society; storytelling; 2001
|Noah Feldman says politics and religion are technologies - TED.com|
Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; religion; social change; society; war; 2003
|Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy - TED.com|
We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; anthropology; humanity; love; psychology; social media; society; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy? - TED.com|
Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that -- and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; health; health care; medicine; poverty; social change; society; TEDMED 2012; 2012
|Steven Strogatz on sync - TED.com|
Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit -- when no one's giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; biology; biomechanics; math; science; society; technology; 2004
|Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? - TED.com|
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; culture; economics; global issues; psychology; science; self; society; 2008
|His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart - TED.com|
His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDIndia 2009; TED; Talks; brain; culture; happiness; religion; society; 2009
|Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks - TED.com|
We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; health; medicine; science; society; TED2010; 2010
|Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless - TED.com|
Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; happiness; life; personal growth; poverty; social change; society; storytelling; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Yves Behar on designing objects that tell stories - TED.com|
Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now -- including the "$100 laptop."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; One Laptop Per Child; business; computers; creativity; design; sex; society; 2008
|Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing - TED.com|
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; choice; culture; economics; psychology; social change; society; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Sam Richards: A radical experiment in empathy - TED.com|
By leading the Americans in his audience at TEDxPSU step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand -- not approve of, but understand -- the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxPSU; TED; Talks; culture; empathy; global issues; iraq; politics; society; war; 2010
|Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters - TED.com|
The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. Iraq and Afghanistan’s new democracies are deeply corrupt; meanwhile, 84 percent of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important -- not as a tool, but as an ideal.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; corruption; global issues; government; politics; society; state-building; TEDxHousesofParliament; 2012
|Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty - TED.com|
TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; beauty; brain; culture; design; evolution; society; TED2010; 2010
|Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom - TED.com|
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; culture; global issues; philosophy; politics; self; social change; society; 2009
|Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics - TED.com|
After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; health; humanity; medicine; meme; science; society; TED@Cannes; 2010
|Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption - TED.com|
Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Asia; TED Fellows; crime; entrepreneur; potential; poverty; social change; society; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors - TED.com|
An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; leadership; music; psychology; society; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Seth Godin on the tribes we lead - TED.com|
Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; book; communication; community; marketing; social media; society; 2009
|Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations - TED.com|
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q and A with some familiar TED faces.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; choice; culture; entertainment; happiness; psychology; self; society; TEDGlobal 2005; 2005
|Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity - TED.com|
The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDMED 2009; TED; Talks; activism; happiness; health; heroism; prosthetics; social change; society; 2009